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On the use of vocabularies of geometric forms in ornamental pattern design

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This article examines the development and use of vocabularies of shapes constructed using geometric principles as a basis for ornamental pattern design. Through a combination of digital fabrication techniques and printmaking, I have developed a process for freely exploring geometric ornamentation based on compatible vocabularies of shapes. The process highlights the correlation between the use of these vocabularies and language as a medium of expression. It can also provide an insight into how the universality of the visual expression of mathematical concepts helps us perceive the nature of the world around us.

Keywords: Islamic pattern; digital fabrication; geometry; mathematics; pattern; printmaking; symmetry

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2019

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  • Illustration is a rapidly evolving field with an excitingly broad scope. Despite its cultural significance and rich history, illustration has rarely been subject to deep academic scrutiny. The Journal of Illustration provides an international forum for scholarly research and investigation of a range of cultural, political, philosophical, historical, and contemporary issues, in relation to illustration. The journal encourages new critical writing on illustration, associated visual communication, and the role of the illustrator as visualizer, thinker, and facilitator, within a wide variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

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